Indiana Inmate Asks Judge to Have Him Executed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): A northern Indiana judge has turned down the request of a murder convict that he be executed even though he wasn't sentenced to death.

LaPorte Circuit Judge Thomas Alevizos ruled Monday that Walter Leach hadn't exhausted his administrative remedies and there's no legal precedent that allows him to grant the request.

The 63-year-old Leach didn't make it clear why he was requesting lethal injection in the petition he filed Aug. 20 in LaPorte Circuit Court. Leach is serving a 95-year sentence for a 1995 fatal shooting outside an Elkhart County bar.

Leach doesn't have an attorney.

Indiana death penalty expert Steve Stewart says most people who request execution change their minds.